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Director’s Report
August 2019
The Librarian of Congress visits!

Congressional guests bring Surplus Books Program to Camas

The Camas Library was buzzing on Tuesday morning, July 30th, as librarians from all over Southwest Washington filed in to meet the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. In our world, she's a rock star. First woman to hold the position? Check. First African American in the role? Check. And of only 14 people to have served as Librarian of Congress, she's just the third to have actually come from a library. So, we already liked her. Little did we know that in a few hours, we would all love her. 

Backing up, just one week before we were contacted by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler's office to see if we would be interested in hosting the Congresswoman and her guest, Dr. Hayden. Of course, we jumped at the chance. With one week to put it all together, we knew it would be a challenge, but the Camas Library staff always rises to the occasion. This was no exception; they did an absolutely outstanding job putting everything together. We received many accolades on the event from the community, the State Library, and other librarians from neighboring systems.

The purpose of Dr. Hayden's visit was to promote the Surplus Books Program at the Library of Congress. Congresswoman Herrera Beutler chose the Camas Library as a site to receive books; there is a great description of the program in The Columbian's write up of Dr. Hayden's visit. We spent the morning hosting a meet and greet, a question and answer period, and then Dr. Hayden and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler joined Karen Nicholson for Preschool Storytime. What a morning! Dr. Hayden was gracious, kind, and an extremely positive presence. She gave everyone special, individualized time. She will remain one of our favorite guests of the Camas Library for a long time to come.

Clockwise from top left:

Book Exchange: In addition to the Surplus Books Program, Dr. Hayden gave the Camas Library two special books for hosting. Here is one she donated to the picture book collection in honor of the storytime she shared with Library Associate Karen Nicholson. 

Book Exchange, Part 2: The Camas Library gifted Dr. Hayden and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler each a book about the history of Camas. 

Telling Stories: Dr. Hayden speaks to a rapt crowd.

Surplus Books Program: Danielle Reynolds, Technology & Collections Manager, and Connie Urquhart, Library Director, look through the books donated by the Library of Congress with Dr. Hayden and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler. 

Storytime: Dr. Hayden returns to her roots as a children's librarian during a packed Camas Library storytime. 

    Sweet Summer Days

    Camas Days came and went in a frenzy, much like the whipped whirl of cotton candy. With a theme like Candyland, it's no wonder. The children who walked with the Library dressed in bright colors with even brighter hats, to give the illusion of a big bag of gumdrops headed your way. 

    Check out the captions below to learn more about just a few of the sweet ways we have been spending our summer!

    Out and about in the community.

    S'more Stories Under the Stars: we partnered with Camas Parks & Recreation to pair the famous camping treats with bedtime stories under a blanket of stars in Crown Park.

    BookMoVan stops: The Camas School District brings books and services to various locations across Camas during the summer, so we've been tagging along to provide storytime whenever our schedule allows. 

    Storytime in the Park: back for a third year, this family favorite continues to grow. Each week we choose a new park. Just look for the blue umbrella!

      Summer youth programming. 

      Creature Feature: Big shows like Creature Feature are what summer is all about! Kids clamor for reptiles, clowns, musicians, comedians, magicians...thank goodness they aren't all in the same room at the same time.

      Duct Tape Crafts for Teens: Teens love a good craft. In fact, 24 came to our Duct Tape craft, and one made a vest! 

      Star Wars: Characters joined moviegoers for an all-ages viewing of The Force Awakens

        Events for adults.

        Pizza & Politics: the League of Women Voters paired tasty food with a tantalizing topic to form Pizza & Politics. The result? A roomful of adults learning about why voting in the primary is key, how voting is different in Washington State, and why voting in local elections is so important.

        Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library book sale: this year's Camas Days sale broke every record, with total sales coming in just shy of $5,000. 

        Another fantastic Book 2 Art Book Club creation: The book was Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.

          Photos from all of our July events

          Summer Reading Edition*
          *All totals as of August 1. Summer Reading runs through August 17.


          Children: 1,295

          Teens: 408

          Adults: 304

          Number of registrants needed to break record, set in 2012: 826.

          Professional Development

          Webinars, workshops, TED Talks, and conferences to help Library staff serve our community better.

          Community Engagement

          Hacking STEM Microsoft Conference, Danielle Reynolds

          Teen Services without Teen Spaces, Judy Wile


          Everyday Leadership, Connie Urquhart

          Finding Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team, Danielle Reynolds

          Content Delivery

          A New Way to Get Every Child Ready for Kindergarten, Danielle Reynolds and Connie Urquhart 


          Yoga & Meditation at the Library: Outreach and In-reach, Karen Nicholson

                                     Professional Growth
          Three Ways to Measure Your Adaptability - and How to Improve It, Danielle Reynolds and Connie Urquhart

          What We're Reading

          From our Current or Just Read piles.

          Upcoming Events

          Origami on Tuesday the 13th at 2pm.

          Camas Public Library

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